PRECAUTIONS DUE TO COVID-19
If you are actively volunteering during Covid-19, thank you! If your volunteerism requires you to be on-site, remember to watch for communications from your organization that might affect your volunteer activities. Most programs and services, particularly those for the ill and/or elderly will be affected by Alberta Health recommendations for containing the virus.
Make sure you are following all guidelines for interacting in a public or work place, including staying home if you have been in contact with anyone from a high risk group or or are experiencing any symptoms yourself, no matter how mild they seem. Full information >
There is still a high need for volunteers
. . . and we've heard from many of you who would like to help others in our communities who have to self-isolate. The most effective and safest way to do that, both for you as a volunteer and for those who need help, is to register with one the professional agencies who do this kind of work all the time (volunteer today >).
From Volunteer Canada:
"Volunteer Canada recognizes that in times of community distress many individuals want to be of assistance, helping where there is need. In almost every form of emergency, the offer of help and willingness to gather to get things done is appreciated. In a pandemic, this is not the case. Social distancing is the recommended course for containing virus spread.
We also know that social isolation can be very damaging and that this is a time when we need to be conscious of people in need within our families, social circles, and neighbourhoods. One to one contact is not advised, but check in calls, emails and social media contact can be very helpful. Adding regular connecting via technology is a great way for individuals to help."